Supporting Documents

Your documents must be submitted in a three-ring binder of not more than 70 single sided pages.  Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned for correction.

  • Binders should be divided into tabs A through G. (See below.)
  • If you use plastic sheaths to protect documents, do not put more than one piece of paper inside each one.
  • Do not include multiple copies of any document.
  • Your table of contents; cover letter; forms DS-160, DS-156E, G-28; appointment confirmation; civil documents; copy of previous visa; income tax returns; W-2s and/or 1099s and tabs/dividers are exempt from the page limit.
  • Binders are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Binders resubmitted after corrections are considered new submissions.
  • English translation of documents is also acceptable for items required to be submitted in English.
  • Recommended supporting documents template are available for download here.
  • The consular officer may request additional documentation at his/her discretion.

Detailed table of contents, in English.

A cover letter, in English, generally describing the enterprise, its operations and the beneficiary.  This letter must address all of the qualifications for E-2 visa eligibility.

If the applicant is not applying as the principal investor, but rather as an executive, supervisor or essential employee, the cover letter should also address the following:

  • The employee’s role in the E-2 Visa company, including job title and duties.
  • A detailed description of the employee’s salary, allowances, benefits and other compensation.
  • The applicant’s executive or supervisory responsibilities, or, if not a supervisor, his/her specialist role.
  • The level of education and knowledge required by the employee’s position.
  • The applicant’s employment experience, high level training or special qualifications.

If the applicant is applying as an essential employee the cover letter should also address:

  • Why a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident cannot fill the position.
  • The expected duration for which the employee will be essential.
  • Any other evidence/analysis necessary to demonstrate qualification under 9 FAM 402.9-7.

The Consulate may return the binder directly to applicants after their interviews. Please specify in the cover letter if the employer has an objection to employees receiving the binder, in which case the Consulate will destroy it.

  • Confirmation sheet of the DS-160.  A contact email address must be included.
  • Completed, in English, and signed Form DS-156E (parts 1, 2, and 3).  Applicants must list each country in which they possess citizenship in box number 8 of the DS-156E.
  • If applicable: A letter of agreement between the investor and legal representative (Form G-28 if the representative is an attorney) signed by both parties.  This document should include the contact email address and phone number of the representative.
  • Copies of any U.S. visas, entry/exit stamps, and I-94s.
  • A copy of any changes or extensions of status granted by USCIS (Form I-797).
  • A resume or curriculum vitae, in English, of the principal applicant.
  • A copy of educational certificates; diplomas and/or transcripts.
  • Signed statement, in English, of intent to depart the U.S. upon termination of status for the principal applicant and any dependents.
  • Copies of civil documents establishing the relationship between the principal applicant and any dependents (spouse or child under age 21), e.g. government-issued birth and/or marriage certificates.

For sole proprietorships:

  • Business registration documents.

For partnerships:

  • Partnership or joint venture agreement
  • Shares/stock certificates indicating total shares issued and outstanding shares.

For corporations and limited liability companies:

  • Articles of Incorporation or Organization (in English for U.S. businesses)
  • Certificates of filing or formation (in English for U.S. businesses)
  • Shares/stock certificates indicating distribution of ownership, i.e. shares held by each firm and shares held by individual owners (in English for U.S. businesses)
  • Operating agreement (in English for U.S. businesses)
  • Large companies with several owners, subsidiaries, or an ownership structure with intermediary entities:
    • An organizational chart of the full ownership structure
    • Legal evidence of instances of ownership within that chain
    • Color photocopies of the bio data pages of the passports of the owners of the ultimate parent company.
  • If the investor is a public company with many shareholders, none of whom owns more than 50%, please also include:
    • An affidavit signed by the appropriate corporate official asserting that the company is traded exclusively on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores.
    • Copy of the most recent trading information on the stock.
  • In cases of affiliation with/ownership by a Mexican company, registration documentation for the Mexican company from the Mexican Secretaria de Hacienda.
  • A brief description of the source of the initial investment funds.
  • A detailed breakdown, or spreadsheet, of all funds invested into the U.S. venture.
  • Use of these funds for qualifying business expenses. Please include invoices, cancelled checks, and bank statements showing matching debits (highlighted and annotated as necessary).
  • Evidence of how the funds invested into the U.S. venture were acquired in the form of:
    • Documentation of the original source of the funds (e.g. sale of property, inheritance, loans, earnings, sale of business, etc.).
    • Documentation of movement of these funds into a U.S. account (e.g. bank statements, canceled checks, wire transfers, etc.).
    • If the funds have come from a foreign based parent or Affiliate Company, a copy of their latest financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement).
  • For start-up businesses and for the purchase of existing businesses provide the following if applicable:
    • Signed, dated, valid lease for business premises, including evidence of payments.
    • Evidence of equipment and/or inventory purchases.
    • Evidence of any intellectual property or other intangibles invested.
    • Evidence of any other funds spent to acquire and set up the business.
  • If you are buying an existing business, please provide all of the following that apply in your case:
    • A signed, dated, valid purchase agreement.
    • If applicable a binding escrow agreement (see 9 FAM 402.9-6(B), para. e, for guidelines) that explicitly says where the money goes if the visa is issued, what happens when it does not, and is signed and dated by all parties. Please cross-reference exactly any relevant purchase agreement.
  • If the business is a franchise include:
    • A signed franchise agreement.
    • A copy of your franchise disclosure document.
    • Evidence of payment of the franchise fee.
  • Evidence that the business is real and active or close to the start of operations:
    • Relevant local, state and/or federal licenses.
    • Agreements, contracts or other similar documents.
    • Customer lists.
    • Evidence confirming any ongoing and future work (e.g. invoices, purchase orders, etc.).
    • Marketing and promotional materials.
    • Photos of premises.
    • Other documents that confirm that the venture is real and active.
  • For pre-existing business purchased by investor:
    • Financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement) for the previous three years.  If unavailable, an explanation of why.
    • U.S. tax returns for the past three years, including all statements and schedules.  These must be copies of the signed and dated forms actually submitted to the IRS.  In cases where filing extensions have been requested, provide the most recent returns actually filed, along with a written explanation for the request of extension and the date by which filing is expected.  If unavailable, an explanation of why.
    • All W-2s and/or 1099s for the last two tax years.  If these documents are not available, please submit the 4 most recent EQFTRs.
  • For start-up businesses:
    • A detailed business plan that includes the following elements: Detailed company description; Market analysis supported by outside sources (e.g. trade association statistics, chamber of commerce estimates);  Description of the organization and management structure; Description of the service or product line offered; Marketing and sales strategy; Funding requirements for the next five years; Financial projections for the next five years including a summary of the assumptions upon which the projections are based.
    • A breakdown of start-up costs necessary for the business to become operational.
    • If the business has employees: all W-2s and/or 1099s for up to the previous two years.
  • For owners of an established business applying for an E2 visa for the first time:
    • Financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement) for the previous three years.  If unavailable, an explanation of why.
    • U.S. tax returns for the past three years, including all statements and schedules.  These must be copies of the signed and dated forms actually submitted to the IRS.  In cases where filing extensions have been requested, provide the most recent returns actually filed, along with a written explanation for the request of extension and the date by which filing is expected.  If unavailable, an explanation of why.
    • All W-2s and/or 1099s for the last two tax years.  If these documents are not available, please submit the 4 most recent EQFTRs.
    • A detailed business plan that includes the following elements: Detailed company description; Market analysis supported by outside sources (e.g. trade association statistics, chamber of commerce estimates);  Description of the organization and management structure; Description of the service or product line offered; Marketing and sales strategy; Funding requirements for the next five years; Financial projections for the next five years including a summary of the assumptions upon which the projections are based.

Submit supporting documents to either our address in the U.S., or our address in Mexico:

U.S.:

U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit – E2 Visas
P.O. Box 17000
El Paso, TX 79917

*If sending documents from the United States, we strongly recommend using the P.O. Box address.

MEX:

U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit – E2 Visas
Paseo de la Victoria #3650
Ciudad Juarez, Chih. Mexico
C.P. 32543